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Zombie Girl: Back from the Dead

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Zombie Girl: Back from the Dead

Since the release of the debut album, Back from the Dead, Zombie Girl has seen trial and triumph, now leading up to a widely anticipated new album. She catches up with us about her style, her studies, her inspirations, and of course what’s next in the darkly delicious world of ZG.

There's a lot more going on in the music than perhaps the title alone suggests. What was initially the inspiration behind Zombie Girl?

Renee: I've always been into horror genre books, novels and movies. This influenced the choosing of the name I guess. And who doesn't like zombies? While it may or may not have been an ideal choice at the time, it's what I am known as now so unless I choose a side project (laughs) I guess the name will remain Zombie Girl. Though it does get limiting singing about the living dead. So, I have some surprises coming out on the new album which I am really quite excited about. The new album is being produced by VoA VoXyd (from Ad Inferna). New beginnings, new experiences!

What are the things currently that creatively provoke you?

Renee: Well besides working on my new album, I am also in school (nursing) so dissecting bodies and designs with synovial membranes and Dura matter consumes much of my time. I just grab a piece of striated tissue and have fun for hours. In other words, studying. When this is over, maybe I'll work with a mad scientist in a bio lab or… a coroner perhaps. Travel and adventure also adds to my creativity, though I must limit that a bit due to my studies. However my instructor is really great (Debbie) and I am able to study while on the go. Also my wonderful classmates help out too (Sherry, Wanda, Martina, Shauna, Katherine, Judith, Dipka, I love you guys). Dreams also provoke me creatively. I always dream in color and it's all very vivid. I have been having a lot of lucid dreams lately and when I do, I make a point of carefully observing textures and tactile sensations, the intricate details. It's amazing at the details that go into a dream and I take note of it all.

You've recently done a gig at Bar Sinister that I heard great reviews about. What are your hopes and plans with regard to future gigs?

Renee: Bar Sinister was so much fun! I haven't read any of the reviews, though I really enjoyed performing there and Trisha LaBelle is first class all the way. The venue itself is beautiful — I was really impressed. As for future gigs, I finish this first part of my nursing in March, so really looking at doing a small tour-maybe a long one after that. Because my ex-husband/ex-producer contacted concert promoters and told them (falsely) that I was not legally entitled to perform as Zombie Girl or perform my music, I lost a lot of work. So I have some catching up to do. I want it known: The copyright to all Zombie Girl tracks belongs to my label Alfa-Matrix not to my ex-husband. I have full legal right to perform and as my label stated: to do what I want with the tracks/music. So I shall. I don't think anyone should continue to be mean and spiteful after years of being apart and if they are, they need a psychiatrist to help them move on. Maybe his friends can assist him in this too. So I am ready to do shows! Like now. I won't disappoint. New beginnings that free the heart and soul are so refreshing.

What do you see on the horizon for alternative culture?

Renee: I picture it like a modernized version of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, with properly applied CGI starring Nicolas Cage.

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Erika Livingstone

Erika was raised and currently lives in the corporate wiles of Western Canada. She has studied Literature at the University of Calgary, specializing in Cyborg theory. Her great loves in life include red champagne, super spicy condiments, and the mad scientist who lives down the hill from her.

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